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Can GOP's Local Success Translate to Federal Level?

aschaper Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 9:11 PM
There is a huge disconnect between the GOP's "1%" and the rest of the Party. I do agree with Goldberg's analysis about sensitivity to spending and taxes at the state level compared to the federal level. People expect the federal government to give, give, give -- and Washington can accomodate this reality because of the Fed and fiat currency. States cannot print their debts away. They have to balance their books, or else. Governor Christie could not have said it better.

The Republicans are doomed. Conservatism is over. President Obama is conducting a mop-up operation at this point.

That's the basic consensus in places like New York City, Washington, D.C., and other citadels of blue America.

And let's be fair, liberals have every reason to gloat -- a little. The GOP has its troubles. Long-term demographic trends; often-irrational animosity from Hollywood, the media and academia; a thumbless grasp of the culture on the part of many Republicans: All of these things create a headwind for the party and the broader conservative movement.

But here's the weird part. That's all true of presidential...